The Royal Academy of Engineering backed the EIT’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award event, held yesterday, as part of a process of celebrating excellence, encouraging more women to study engineering and to pursue it as a career.

Professor Matthew Harrison, the Academy’s Director of Education Programmes, said:

“The EIT’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award reminds us of the crucial contribution that women make to engineering. I hope that this important event succeeds in reminding more people of the important part that women currently play in engineering and encourages more women to consider an engineering career.

“There are still too few women studying engineering in higher education or pursuing a career in engineering. 56% of students in higher education are women, yet only 15% of students on engineering and technology courses are women.

“It is through activities like the EIT’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award and the Royal Academy of Engineering’s London Engineering Project that we can hope to encourage more women to experience an engineering education and career.”

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Notes for editors

  1. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.
  2. The London Engineering Project (LEP) is bringing hands on science and technology activities to youngsters in some fifty schools. A team of dedicated field workers, mentors and project managers deliver STEM activities in these schools, enriching and enhancing their school learning within the national curriculum. In universities, the project is funding, developing and delivering new, socially relevant engineering courses to encourage and diversify participation in engineering higher education. The LEP targets adult learners, women, black and minority ethnic groups and students from families with no history of engagement in higher education. The Project hopes to roll out across the UK as The National Engineering Programme, in 2008 and build demand for a subject that is costly to deliver.

For more information please contact

Richard Wilson at The Royal Academy of Engineering